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Old 09-24-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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The erosion issue should be brought to the attention of the county "erosion specialist."
Can you pls direct me or point me how to contact the county erosion specialist? Thanks in advance,
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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I am surprised at the "it's expensive" response and am curious as to who said it, was it the Management Co or a member of the board?

If this is in fact considered a "common" area AND falls under the responsibility of the HOA than I, like others, think your best course of action is to attend a meeting and get it on the agenda for discussion.

Now, something also to consider is the financial status of your HOA. Do they have the $$ to have things like this done? Another poster said tha tthe largest bill the HOA pays is landscaping, that is 100% correct and to have them remove trees is costly so are they able to pay for this work? Sometimes they can make a case to the landscaping company or builder that the trees haven't been cared for properly and they can negotiate the price of the removal down.

Above all, get involved. Read your bylaws and covenants and know what you are talking about when you speak to them.
Jake,

Thanks for your response. The person who said it is expensive was a board member. The HoA does have money and I double checked. Some of these things are not at all expensive.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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Hi,

I am a new home owner in Charlotte. I live in a sub-division governed by HoA. I have some concerns and questions.

Behind my property line, there is a slope. The slope is followed by a common buffer area for about 15 feet, followed by a street. The slope has some natural trees and belong to 'Tree-Save' area. The slope also has some beautiful mature trees planted by the builder. These trees provide buffer from traffic noise and privacy.

1. The tree save area has some dead trees. I am afraid it may fall on my property and damage it. I contacted HoA for removal. They said tree removal is expensive. If there is any damage, I should claim from my Home Owner's insurance. Is this right? I personally disagree.

2. In the tree save area, nor the buffer area is mulched by HoA. When I ask, they respond saying its expensive. In past year, the soil around the roots of the tree has eroded significantly. If this continues, we will loose these trees. Is HoA bound to stop this erosion?

3. Since the tree save area is uncared, we lost 3 trees due to fungal infection. HoA says they do not do anything there due to 'Tree Ordinance'. When I read the ordinance, it says you cannot chop trees, but doesnot stop us from attending to trees. Is HoA resp for upkeep of these trees? If not, whom should I appeal?

4. The buffer area, as it is not mulched, we lost a mature tree. I asked HoA as what is their policy on replacement. they refused to replace it. am I entitled to insist that they should replace it?

5. In the buffer area, there are weeds growing which are 5 feet tall. When I look in backyard, these are so disgusting and embarassing. When I asked HoA to do something about it, they refused saying it is expensive. pls let me know what can I do to get rid of these or make my Hoa act on it.

Thanks in advance for your time and inputs,
a harried home owner.
I am the common area chairperson and the VP of an HOA Board in Rock Hill/Lake Wylie area. In our subdivision we have had to cut down trees that are dead or dying on common area HOA property. Your HOA should take care of this for you. Furthermore, if your subdivision has alot of trees on common areas, especially existing native trees that were disturbed during the building process, they should budget in their yearly HOA budget for tree removal. We budget 1K per year for tree removal on common areas. Also, your HOA should have a reserve study done to plan for future expenses and the money reserves necessary to complete large maintenance projects.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Jake,

Thanks for your response. The person who said it is expensive was a board member. The HoA does have money and I double checked. Some of these things are not at all expensive.
It usually costs us about 300-400 per tree to have removal completed. Alot of times the wood is used for common area campfires or taken by residents for their fireplaces. Pine wood usually has to be removed as it causes creosote in fireplaces.
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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Can you pls direct me or point me how to contact the county erosion specialist? Thanks in advance,
Just call 311 and report it... it will get to the right person.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:06 AM
 
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There is a Meck County website that can give you erosion and flood plain info that you could google.

I think it is important to establish if the area in question is "common" or part of the city or homeowner's responsibility.

We have "Common areas" that our HOA is responsible for, but generally speaking in our community areas behind the single family homes is not our responsibility.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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There is a Meck County website that can give you erosion and flood plain info that you could google.

I think it is important to establish if the area in question is "common" or part of the city or homeowner's responsibility.

We have "Common areas" that our HOA is responsible for, but generally speaking in our community areas behind the single family homes is not our responsibility.
Excellent point....the HOA Board should be well versed in the overall community Plat and have knowledge of the areas/boundaries that are under HOA accountability vs. County accountability
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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An HOA can do a "special assessment" to pay for a problem concerning common areas. It would require tenants to share the expenses for that specific problem.
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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Can you pls direct me or point me how to contact the county erosion specialist? Thanks in advance,
As a starting point, I would contact the following:

Corey Priddy, Senior environmental specialists, 980-721-9058 or
his suprevisor, Kia Whittlesy 704-336-7783.

Corey is pretty new. He was assigned this position as of September 1.

Just curious, what is your subdivision?
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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Also wanted to point out that there is a big difference between a common area and a "natural" area. A common area would be maintained by the HOA. A natural area, not so much. I understand that if a tree falls on your property and does damage it would be the HOAs responsibility but weeds and erosion to a certain extent would not. The OP was referring to a natural area so I took it as that. A common area would be a completely different situation. Which is it?
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